At this time of year, the various sub-plots of the year are drawn to their conclusions.
Our geese enjoy long, care-free lives. They’re free to leave if they wish. Sometimes they do just that – disappearing off into the wilds for a day or two – or longe : almost without fail, they come back. Our oldest goose-and-gander couple are now eight years old. Most of their young, however, get to enjoy just one summer. (If we didn’t protect them from predators, most goslings wouldn’t even survive that long.) The following winter, we remember those that died young, one meal at a time. And we show our appreciation for them, collectively, when we lay our heads on pillows of the finest quality..
Our sleeping hours are when our brains work on building and repairing the neural connections of knowledge and memory : and if we dream of geese at all, it’s a dream making connections between food, soft furnishings, and feathered wildlife.
Denise > There’s always one, isn’t there … !
Drying lifted potatoes – for winter storage
Drying lifted potatoes
This is when dehydration is a good thing! Our daughter Becky bought a dehydrator a few years ago and uses it to make all sorts of weird and wonderful foods, made with raw ingredients. We were sceptical : not so much about the merits of raw food (of which we have an abundance) but the effort and cost of the dehydrating ; and especially since the dehydrated food doesn’t keep long. However, we’re always interested in new ways to make the abundance of summer available in the depths of winter, and as I was ambling about the garden one early autumn afternoon, it occurred to me that a hydrator would be ideal means to capture the colour and scents of summer to liven up home in winter (and perhaps our holiday lets, if we have a surplus). And then it occurred to me that we could use it also to make plant dyestuffs available for dyeing in winter – when we have more time for it, than rushing to use it all in summer – when dyestuffs are plentiful but time to use them isn’t. we never have enough time. It’s good to be doing something like this instead of civil engineering and construction !
No completed pot-pourri yet. I started this too late in the year to have much available to dry, but next year I hope to have a plentiful supply to chose from.